Barry Cadden, one of the owners of New England Compounding Company (NECC), appeared at a congressional hearing today, pleaded the Fifth Amendment to every question asked, and left the hearing room without an apology or a word of explanation for the fungal contamination that has caused hundreds of cases of fungal meningitis and over 30 deaths. He was subpoenaed to testify before the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the US House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and it appears for no reason other than to give Cadden an opportunity to read from an index card:

“Mr. Chairman, on the advice of counsel, I respectfully decline to answer [because] of my constitutional rights and privileges, including the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution.’’

The hearing was supposed to determine if the NECC fungal infection outbreak could have been prevented, but the star of the show fizzled away in a black SUV.

“This is why lawsuits against Mr. Cadden and NECC are necessary. There are legal procedures available in civil litigation that will force Mr. Cadden and others to provide testimony regarding NECC, its practices and the fungal contamination,” said Attorney Fred Pritzker, who is representing over 40 patients harmed by NECC methylprednisolone acetate (steriod) injections.

Fred and his Bad Bug Law Team are helping patients and their families during this deadly outbreak. You can contact Fred for a free consultation here regarding a lawsuit against NECC and others.

Fred is representing patients in several states. His offices are in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where the tainted NECC steroid injections were sold to six Twin Cities clinics: Medical Advanced Pain Specialists (MAPS) in Edina, Fridley, Maple Grove and Shakopee and the Minnesota Surgery Center (MSC) in Edina and Maple Grove.